Ruth Marcus

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Two ideas on two pressing issues: infrastructure and health-care costs.

  • Sep 19, 2014

Hillary’s tone has changed since 2008.

  • Sep 16, 2014

Doing so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.

  • Sep 12, 2014

The couple don’t have issues to work through — only Ray Rice does.

  • Sep 9, 2014

Does the potential benefit of helping smokers quit outweigh the cost of enticing new addicts?

  • Sep 5, 2014

From immigration to foreign policy, Obama keeps digging a hole.

  • Sep 2, 2014

Incidents, as described in a new book, aren’t surprising but aren’t destined to repeat themselves.

  • Aug 29, 2014

Now ordinary people, too, bear the responsibility of deciding whether to publish horrifying images.

  • Aug 26, 2014

The focus of Obama’s remaining tenure must be on eradicating the Islamic State.

  • Aug 22, 2014

The stories of Bob McDonnell and Rick Perry offer lessons in when to police political behavior.

  • Aug 19, 2014
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Ruth Marcus is a columnist for The Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jon Leibowitz, their two daughters, and the world’s cutest dog.
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